How to Operate the Security Panel Tamper Switch


September 15, 2020

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The heart of a security system is the security panel, and if it isn’t working correctly, the homeowner can end up with a lot of issues. Most notably, they might not be secured the way they should be, or they might not even be able to arm their system at all. Most of these panels have a tamper switch to indicate if someone has been messing with the panel. Until that switch is reset, the system won’t work properly. Fortunately, it’s usually an easy fix that’s not going to be a serious problem for the homeowner.

The tamper switch on most security panels is located under the batteries, in that same compartment. When the batteries are removed, it indicates the system has been tampered with. Homeowners who change the batteries in their alarm panel need to make sure they put the new batteries back in properly and reset the tamper switch in the process.

Reduce the Chances of Security Panel Problems

You should try to make sure the tamper switch isn’t triggered or bothered. Most of the time, this switch is behind the batteries, but it can also be located toward the front, where it is easily triggered when the front panel is removed.

This can stop someone from getting into the innards of the security panel when they shouldn’t be there, and that can reduce people legitimately tampering with the panel.

But it’s not always possible to keep everyone from bothering the panel. That’s why knowing how to be able to reset the switch easily  is important.

How to Address Issues with the Tamper Switch

With any  security system, being able to address issues with tamper switches is very important. If a homeowner doesn’t know how to correct these concerns, they can become frustrated with their system and not use it to its full extent. When the tamper switch becomes a problem, the security company that monitors the panel can help. If a homeowner has done the basics and they haven’t worked, there may be further troubleshooting to consider. Along with that, it’s important to select a company that can offer:

  • 24/7 monitoring

  • ease of installation

  • fast response times

  • newer, modern equipment

  • strong customer support

All of those things are very important for a security company to offer, along with quick information on how a customer can address problems with the tamper switch.

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Krista Bruton is a DFW-based writer who covers smart home security and consumer protection.

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